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2013 Mac Pro Optimized Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, MainStage Ship [u]

19 December 2013 129 views No Comment

In addition to promising delivery of the 2013 Mac Pro, Apple also said it release optimized versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor for their new workstation-class, yet petite, desktop computers.

While 2013 Mac Pro deliveries won’t begin until Monday, December 30, Final Cut Pro 10.1 et al are available now on the Mac App Store. And, yes, Apple has delivered 2013 Mac Pro specific optimizations, including support for dual-GPU playback and rending, as well as support for 4K displays.

• Final Cut Pro 10.1 ($299.99, MAS)
— Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
— Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
— 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
— Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
— Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
— Option to import media to locations inside or outside a library
— Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
— Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
— Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
— Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
— Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
— See MAS product page for full details

• Motion 5.1 ($49.99, MAS)
— Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
— FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
— Faster project loading, especially for complex projects
— Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
— Spanish language localization

• Compressor 4.1 ($49.99, MAS)
— New interface with a single-window layout and streamlined controls
— Preset Destinations for common encoding tasks
— Simplified setup for distributed encoding
— Hardware-based H.264 encoding in supported Share operations
— Support for Dolby Digital Plus encoding
— Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
— Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou

• [u] MainStage 3.0.2 ($29.99, MAS)
— Compatible with Logic Remote v1.0.3
— Save & load times are significantly faster
— Workspace can be hidden to allow a larger area to view Channel Strips
— Various stability improvements

• [u] Logic Pro X 10.0.5
— Adds 3 new Drummers and 11 new Drum Kit Designer patches
— Significant enhancements to Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ plug-ins including redesigned interfaces that are also accessible within the Smart Controls area
— Solo now works as expected on channel strips using an External I/O plug-in
— Volume and pan automation is now included in XML interchange with Final Cut Pro X
— Loops that belong to the same family can be selected and changed using a new control in the region header
— The waveform size in an audio region now adapts to the value of the region Gain parameter
— The Link mode button is now available for the Piano Roll editor
— Includes stability improvements

It’s interesting that Apple made “share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution” a default feature of all three apps. Clearly, the company and YouTube are hoping to kickstart 4K video adoption.

That said, it would appear that all three app updates are available free to registered users — generous or just something Apple should have done?

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